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Archive for 2006

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Dec 23

White Christmas!!

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Wow with no snow in the forecast we woke up to a blanket of snow outside. We are excited as we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we were going to have a brown Christmas. So this is a present come early. Christmas always seems so much more magical with snow. 

We have just sent you all this years Christmas Card. So if you did not receive an e-mail from us we apologize it was hard to track everyone down. But just click on the image below and you too can view it.

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We hope you all have a great Christmas and have lots of fun eat lots of turkey, and well just pack away as many calories as possible. MMMM Christmas baking!!

Merry Christmas!!!!

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Dec 18

Goodbye Joe!

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Today is a sad day as Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera and co-creater of animated characters as the Yogi bear, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones and the Jetsons, died today Dec. 18, 2006.

I just want to pay tribute to a man who has heavily influenced my life. Without his cartoons that i fell in love with, most favourite being The Flintstones, i might not have ever got into the career i now pursue. He helped create a love for cartoons and character in me that is still infectious to this day. Also many of the technics that he helped develop for animation i now use extensively in my own work daily.

It is sad to see another great animator pass away, but he has left a legacy that will live on forever and countless children and adults(i think i fall in this category) will enjoy for years to come. Goodbye Joe! you will be missed, and thank you for your wonderful cartoons!

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Dec 18

Almost Christmas!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. Isn't that how it goes?  There are some amazing things about Christmas – decorating, time with family and friends, Christmas parties etc, but Christmas can be a very difficult time as well.  One thing I've learned these past few weeks is that it's impossible to please everyone at Christmas.  There's only so much you can do without going insane and it's not a good thing to stress about it and lose sleep over tough decisions that happen because of the season.  'Tis the season to be jolly – not stressed out and depressed. 

Anyways, on a more pleasant note, we've had a really great week.  Last Thursday we spent the evening decorating with Rhian and Jodi and one of Rhian's friends who was staying with us for the weekend.  We had a lot of fun taking out the decorations, setting up our somewhat stubby tree, drinking hot chocolate with candy canes, and of course eating some Christmas baking!  The girls are really starting to love holding Tristan and hanging out with him.  They are constantly taking pictures of him with their phones.  He's so much more fun now that he's reacting to people and smiling a lot, and they're starting to enjoy having him around.  Rhian asked me today if he'd be walking before they leave in June.  Considering he'll only be 9 and a half months old, I highly doubt it.  She was disappointed, but when I told her he might be crawling, she was much happier.

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Friday night we went to our staff party.  It was a lot of fun – held at the Laurel.  The catering was great too – Okanagan's Finest – and definitely the finest turkey I've had.  There was a really great program, and we had fun dancing and watching others dance.  It was really neat to see everyone dressed formal – the office is usually jeans and shirts.  In fact, sometimes it has been known to be too casual and relaxed with dress code.  We had fun at our table – a good mix of people we knew well so could easily talk to, and people that we wanted to get to know better. Here's Troy and I at the party – looking hot if I do say so myself!

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A first for Troy and I came Friday night when Tristan spent the night at my parents house.  Only 3 days before he had moved out of our room, and we had him in a completely different house!  I am surprised at how well I did without him here.  I did walk over at about 830 to my parents place to see him though.  Tristan did well at my parents house as well – lots of cuddles for my little man at Nana and Papa's!

Sunday afternoon Troy and I picked up his Grandma and went to "Reflections of Christmas" a production put on by a few of the local churches.  Troy's mom was in the choir and his Aunt Kathy sang a solo.  It was really good – we enjoyed ourselves.  Afterwards we went to Craig and Ginny's for nachos, and ended up eating them by candlelight.  The power was off for about 2 hours.  It occurred to me as we left that it just may have been the last time I saw Ginny pregnant.  She's looking great, but definitely ready to pop that baby out.

Tonight was more celebrating at the Mack's for Tyler's birthday.  We had a good dinner, hottub and played pool.  Heather made a really good pumpkin dessert – mmmmm, pumpkin.  It was nice as Heather and I were able to bond a bit talking in the hot tub for about an hour.  I think it was the longest I've ever been able to sit in a hot tub – usually I'm the first one out!  I could tell that Grandma sure missed Tristan as she held onto him pretty tight.  Tyler held Tristan for the first time as well – now that he's a bit bigger and can hold his head up himself it's much more fun.  They looked funny together with their bald heads!  

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The next week is looking pretty busy, finishing up wrapping all those presents for Christmas and getting everything prepared.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sheldon, Daralynn and Annika again – they fly in Christmas Eve.  We get to have our whole family together this year for Christmas Eve – and it's much more fun now that Annika and Tristan are around and the family's a little bigger.  Christmas Day it will be nice to see Troy's Aunts and their families at his parents house.  

I wish you all a great week-before-Christmas and hope you all have your shopping done! 

 

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Dec 13

More room in the Mackhouse!

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We are all breathing a big sigh of relief here in the Mackhouse. My parents finally moved into their new home this weekend. We spent the weekend helping them move and putting things away. Then it was onto our house as well with cleaning and setting up the space for the girls to use. Rhian is moving out of her room upstairs to the giant sized room downstairs and Tristan gets his very own room, well he will have to share it as a small office for me as well. 

It is nice to have the extra room as 7 people in this house was a little crowded. Although we do miss my parents being around a little now. I think they probably miss being around Tristan the most. We will just have to visit them lots and use it as an excuse to use their hottubTongue out

Tristan has continued to grow like crazy as of today he is now 13lbs 10oz. Wow has he grown a lot. It is hard to imagine what he was like 3 months ago, being half that size. He seems to want to grown up in a hurry. I have been really having fun with him lately. He seems to love talking to me and everytime i sit down with him he just coos and giggles and makes all sorts of sounds the whole time. He sure is one smiley baby as well.

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We have been trying to grab some good smiling pics of him but he always moves so much and the lighting in our house is not that great. But we will keep trying. So stay tuned in! 

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Dec 06

My family back together

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Yay! my small family is all back in town. I missed both Naomi and Tristan so very much. The little guy grew a lot in the week and a half they were gone and is a little more chubbier. He is still cute as ever and smiles a lot more now. He doesn't seem to smile as much for me. I think he has forgotten who i am. But he seems to like to talk to me. 

I got the last of my Christmas lights up on the house. There isn't to much this year as i blew the budget on LED lights, but in the end it will be worth it. I think the house looks pretty cool though and next it year is should be even better.

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Tonight we were over at the inlaws for dinner and my mother in law was talking about a little thing she had to make for her class at school. The theme being "Santa in Action" Rhian recommended that she do a Super Santa. So after much hinting i put this together for her. So i will post i here for all of you to enjoy and to help get the festive season rolling.

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Dec 03

Visit to Edmonton

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Well here I am in Edmonton with Daralynn, Sheldon and Annika.  It's been super fun hanging out with my sister while our husbands are at work.  We've done all sorts of crazy things like dress our kids up like bugs and take pictures, bathe pukey and poopey kids at 11 at night, bundle them up and take them shopping, and go to nursery rhyme class.  I've been here for 10 days – a long time to be away from Troy.  I miss him so much!  I know it's been hard for him to be away from Tristan as well.

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Since I've been here, I've acquired quite a lot of stuff.  In fact, I can't fit everything in my suitcases and have to leave some stuff here!  Most of it's from the shower that my sister and my Aunt Gladys had for me last weekend.  I also did a fair bit of Christmas shopping here, and I'll admit, some shopping for Tristan as well.  So all of the clothes that are for when Tristan's older are staying here until someone drives to Kelowna. 

Yesterday, Sheldon took me and Aaron (friend of Sheldon and Daralynn's here in Edmonton) out snowmobiling.  I had never been before, and it was so much fun!  I even got to break in Daralynn's new pink helmet. 

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Since I've been here, it's been great to spend time with family and friends.  My shower was a lot of fun seeing family on my side and Troy's that I hadn't in a while.  I got to spend lots of time with my cousin Melanie – even got to go out for lunch sans Tristan! (Thanks Dar and Sheldon) It was also great to go over to Connie and Jeff's for dinner, and to meet Barb and Leona for lunch today.  I always enjoy coming out here, but am also looking forward to going home and seeing my wonderful husband again.

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Nov 28

Brrrrrrr it’s cold

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Brrrr it's cold out. Currently as i write this it is -18. Yikes!!!! too cold for me. I would much rather palm trees and 30 degrees any day. But with it being soo cold the sun is out and everything is white. From my office window Kelowna looks absolutely beautiful, i sure hope that the snow stays till Christmas. Kelowna isn't normally this cold so i'll just have to wait and see. 

Yesterday was another exciting day as we released my next game. This time an Adventure quest akin to Monkey island, Day of the Tentical, and Space Quest etc. Basically with the help of my writer Gin and Chris game up with the idea of a survival story. Thanks again as always goes out to Chris and Gord for all the great artwork, and this time around to Aaron for creating the mini sledding game inside the quest. It was a great project to strecth my skills a little more. So if you get a chance check it out.

Aside from all this it looks like i will be a bachelor a little longer as Naomi is going to stay in Edmonton till Sunday. Tristan is going to be all grown up by the time i see him next. I miss them both.   

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Nov 26

Everything is White

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Everything is all white and snowy outside as it has been snowing all weekend. It is kind of a cozy feeling when it snows. just makes you want to stay in by the fire and have some hot coco. mmmm yummy. One of my favourite things on a snowy day. What is all you guys favourite on a snowy day?

With all snow, and penguins still being the topic from last post i have found this 2 videos that i would like to share with you all out there. One ijust discovered the other day and one i have know about for awhile both made me laugh anyways enjoy.

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Aside from the videos i have laid pretty low this weekend, with only my friend Mark coming over to play Lego Star Wars II on my Gamecube. Super fun game if you get the chance to try it. I have been working away on the new site design but have come to a road block with my CSS formating. Not knowing much about it has made it difficult to design the site. So far everything looks great in every browser except for would you guess it internet explorer. I wish Microsoft would get their act together. Furious Hopefully i can figure it out, but so far i frustratingly have come to no real answers. So if any of you can make any recommendations out there it would be much appreciated.

Well that is it for now. Till next time! 

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Nov 23

Happy Feet

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Here i sit on a Thursday night missing my son and wife just a little. They left for freezing cold edmonton yesterday night and will be there till Tuesday. Oh well at least i will get some sleep!

However tonight i got to see Happy Feet on the company as they rented out the theatre for all us employees and family to see. I gotta say i was a little skeptical of this movie when i first went in with the whole 3D movie trend n all, but this film was really really good. It had super cute moments and lots of humour. Well humour is easy when you have dancing and singing penguins. If you are a person who loves music and dance and of course penguins then you will probably like this movie. I does have a small message about mans infringment on our environment but i think that gets a little lost in the tying up of the plot in the end. I think that is my only complaint about it that the ending was rushed as most typical hollywood movies are.  Anyways if you get a chance i recommend seeing this one. Especially if you are an animation fan.

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Nov 21

Mackhouse First Anniversary

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Wow! it has been One whole year since the this site opened. Well a year and a few days. I wanted to post on the actual anniversary but was too busy with finishing up the adventure game i am working on for work. Yep another game. Crazy schedule i know. 

Well it seems this site has seen a lot of views and has made a connection with many of you out there. Thanks to to everyone for visiting and commenting on this blog. It makes it all worth while to make and keep updated. 

Lots has changed for us over the last year. Being Pregnant, my new job, driving to Cali and Mexico, Naomi's accident, buying a house, taking in some hockey students, and let's not forget the arrival of Tristan!

So now our family is bigger and better, and growing. So this site will just have to grow with us.

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We look forward to the next year and are sure that it will bring some more interesting stuff. So please keep visiting our little blog and we hope to see you all here.

Cheers Cool

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